Questions tagged [transportation]

For questions about the act or process of transporting something or someone from one location to another, including by technological or non-technological means. For questions about the specific machine or device used for transportation, consider using [vehicles] instead.

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Most efficient form of locomotion for a super cell organism?

In my universe there is a planet that harbors a super cell organism created by an ancient precursor species. If you don’t know a super cell is theoretical idea where the cell can do just about ...
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How would you construct an aerial trolley transport system? [closed]

I am researching alternative transport systems in a solarpunk setting. I am especially interested in systems where airships are pulled by the kinds of cables currently used in ski lifts and aerial ...
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How high a mountain could possibly be climbed?

There has been a fair bit of previous discussion about how high mountains could get. I'm currently thinking about a different question: assuming the existence of a very tall mountain, how high would ...
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Good ways to transport your characters from a modern world to a fantasy world? [closed]

My character is being transported from our world to another world, and I want to do something original and unique. There are the classic options (magical artifact, secret door, portals, walk in the ...
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What might a time travel facility be called? [closed]

In the real world one may catch a train at a station, a flight from an airport, a bus from a depot, a boat from a port or terminal. If one were to travel through time inside a time machine what would ...
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Matter transportation or housing for Cosmic string information FTL [closed]

An advanced future empire uses cosmic strings as FTL to transport information around the empires network of strings, they use this method also to materialise their robotic bodies and minds in far off ...
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What would need to change to make living comfortable in a world with limited cars?

My world is a futuristic soft sci fi with humans but not set on Earth (though planet is earthlike). In it, the world has been ravaged by a monster driven apocalypse multiple times. It has been 400 ...
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How many refugees can I pack into a nuclear-powered version of the largest ship ever built?

Countryistan is a large island nation approximately 3,000 kilometers from the nearest landmass. The government of Countryistan is secretly planning on committing genocide and ethnic cleansing against ...
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In a supercontinent would ships still be the primary way of transportation before the invention of engines?

introduction My world is made of a super-continent with very little isles, it has 100 countries, 97 of which are on land. 3 of those are underwater for folk who are able to live confortably in the ...
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Are the railroad and the telegraph inseparable inventions?

In my world, I'm trying to come up with reasons why trains are the fastest method of communication, and that brings into question: Are the railroad and the telegraph inseparable? They both came into ...
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Would rubber carriage wheels significantly improve the efficiency of horse-drawn carriage travel?

So, suppose a medieval society knows how to create vulcanized rubber. (As long as they have rubber sap, sulphur, and the recipe, it shouldn't be outside of their capabilities. The process is super ...
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Transportation in a fantasy world without wood

In my low-fantasy world wood is a very limited resource because all forests are haunted. Cutting a tree often means drawing the wrath of the creatures living in the woods, resulting in some very ...
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What is an expedience of sci-fi gliders? these machines flying near the very ground

What is an expedience of sci-fi gliders? these machines flying near the very ground. It doesn't matter what they call them there (in different way). No matter what specific principle they fly - what ...
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What issues could multiple lanes of travel in the air pose in a city?

In the world I am working on, society is made up of multiple species of equally intelligent/sapient humanoid insects that operate extremely similar to humans. Cities contain many different species of ...
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Are vactrains a good choice for cargo?

It seems like all the discussion of vactrains is about transporting people. But what about a smaller-diameter vactrain that could shuttle cargo around the world at thousands of mph? You could have a ...
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Vehicles vs work animals in a desert planet

Would animals like camels and horses be more useful/practical in the deep desert than vehicles like dune buggies and sandrails? Basically, I have a planet that's mostly desert surrounded with rock ...
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Who's the fastest (with no restrictions) [closed]

Swimsuits should not cover the neck, must not extend past the shoulders and ankles, also the suits' thickness and buoyancy is limited. Maximum thickness of the sole of the shoe should not exceed 20 mm ...
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Constructing a secret villain base - best ways for covert short-range air transport?

I stumbled upon this map of northern Quebec the other day, and what really struck me was just how empty the interior was. No populated places, no roads, no navigable rivers - as far as I know no ...
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Freight on a World without Oceans

The world is a planet with an extremely smooth surface, so that there are no significant pools of water. The ground is usually dry, but there is rain, which is absorbed into the ground and cycles ...
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Why would small rail vehicles supplement cars & normal passenger trains in the near future?

Why would small rail vehicles exist alongside cars & normal passenger trains in the near future? In this world rails run throughout cities for metros & every town has a rail connection outside ...
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Realistic travel times for a horse drawn cart in a medieval empire?

So I have a rather large late medieval feudalistic empire that is roughly about the size of South America top to bottom in terms of its radius. Road networks are typically well-maintained between ...
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How could criminals make getaways in a world where public transportation is most common?

In my world, trains are the most prevalent form of transportation. Immense subway systems are used to transport people, livestock, and other goods throughout the world. Street level, trams, bicycles, ...
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How do you commute in a sphere where gravity goes the wrong way?

The city of Evermill Tens of millennia ago, a magician tried to reverse gravity in a 10km radius sphere around him for a dare. He succeeded, but unfortunately, the effect was permanent - earth, houses ...
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How can an armed group travel to and attack a rival group in another country?

I have a world where the different countries feature various types of organized groups, some are criminal groups (mafia type organizations) and others are non-criminal but they are both armed and ...
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Could a super cannon be viable for transportation of human beings?

Afternoon everyone, In my setting, humans live in isolated "burrows" with an immense and dangerous forest separating them. Rather than planes or helicopters, trains and super cannons are ...
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How can I create a futuristic transportation network that is scientifically probable?

I'm writing a mental health dystopia set in the not-so-distant future. I've included hovercars, but I'm looking for another transportation means that is faster and not as cliché. The ideal system ...
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Why would a modern city with a warm climate have a skyway system?

Skyway systems are predominately found in cities with cold climates, like the Minneapolis Skyway System: But why would a city with a warm climate have a skyway system when it is not necessary for ...
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How would transportation evolve in a world where everyone can teleport?

I've already talked about this world in How would criminals be punished in a world where everyone can teleport? Everyone in this world from the age of 5 can teleport to anywhere they have been before ...
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How would you build a road system that respected nature?

How would build a road system or transportation system that respected nature with the following constraints: No paved roads or less than 10% paved roads can’t use gasoline (oil) allow nature to ...
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Insect-powered shoes

The Emperor (may he live for ever) feels that walking is too much trouble. He should be able to simply stand upright and his shoes take him where he wants them to. He also wants to impress his ...
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Is there a way to cross my volcanic ocean?

In my world there is an ocean that separates the two main continents. The problem is that I think it's impossible to navigate these waters as there are active volcanoes on the bottom of the ocean that ...
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How could a 'reverse-stile' work? [closed]

How could a reverse stile, which is a gate that can be passed by hooved quadrupeds but not by humans, be built? The humans are modern humans, and will have the same equipment (limited to what they can ...
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If I build a railroad around the edge of a supercontinent, will that kill the oceangoing shipping industry?

Suppose, for a moment, that there is a human inhabited supercontinent. The planet that this supercontinent is on does not have any large landmasses which are more than 10 KM from the primary continent ...
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What would be an effective land based mode of transportation for mermaids?

(this is probably going to be my last mermaid based question for while) unlike their giant counterparts, most mermaids are more humanoid sized and have a life style similar to seals. now some of these ...
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How do I make leather tires for a bicycle?

In my world, bicycles are metal frames with leather tires. How would I make a leather tire? I am planning to use buffalo leather and waterproof it a lot. I would give it traction with some sort of ...
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What will the roads of the future be made of? [closed]

Assuming humanity continues to build road-like structures for transport of people, freight, etc., are there likely materials candidates to replace the asphalt roads of today over the next several ...
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How to cross a gorge with deep valley plagued by corrosive effluvium in medieval times?

There is a beautiful deep canyon called "Gorge Yor Ei Ou" by the local, it has a deep cleft filled with deadly and corrosive effluvium that doesn't seems to go away. The shortest distance ...
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Adventurers Transporting Mermaids

Okay, so in this world we have adventurers, the kind found in DnD and various other RPG and/or fantasy worlds. In this one, adventurers take mermaids along with them on their journies for multiple ...
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How to monitor speed limits on roads in the medieval time? [duplicate]

A decree has been issued by King User VMDCCLX in the 12th century CE to control traffic within the kingdom, a significant portion will be pour into upsizing the military. Despite it's unpopularity the ...
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How does 15th century beancurd delivery work?

The setting is the early 15th century C.E. My grandmother knew how to make delicious beancurd and it has since become famous as word spread like wildfire across the land. Business is good, as many ...
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21st Century Intracity Train Design with These Races

Link To Races: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating However, this will be for my intercity and international, trains. Intercity means this: It starts in one city in ...
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Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating

I'm currently building a world for a D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) set in the far future, where humans have escaped from a nuclear war roughly 100 years from 2020. Humans have started coming back 200 ...
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Would Big Goats be a good animals of burden, in a mountainous region, used by dwarfs?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to replace Cattle with Goats, in mountainous regions of my Dwarfen Kingdom. I was thinking about creating a special bigger bread that is similar to an ox. Would it ...
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Logistics in a World of Floating Islands Sans Airships

The World The setting is an endless sky of naught but pillowy white clouds and floating islands scattered across the skyscape. In such a world, how would the various nations, from small city-states to ...
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What would a boat-optimized world look like?

I'm writing a story that takes place on an island. This is an earth-like planet in gravity (though I'm willing to negotiate this one a little), climate, etc., but it's almost completely covered with ...
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Why would adipose tissue be the most essential ingredient in achieving flight?

Witches have two means of achieving flight. One is through enchanting items such as broomsticks. The other is through a liquid referred to as "flying ointment". This ointment is made by ...
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What factors would limit the size of an ancient wagon and how big could they get?

I would like to create a setting where it would have been beneficial to use very large wagons. You are free to choose the setting, cargo and route, within the limitations below. The wagons don’t have ...
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How can travel between pocket realms only be possible through an inner plane?

The world of Lannisteria is is broken down into separate realms known as the 7 kingdoms. These inner planes exist in separate dimensions called realms, and are separated from each other. Along with ...
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How can I build an inter-dimentional transportation system between pocket realms?

The world is broken down into 5 continents: North America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, and Austrailiartica. These landmasses exist in separate dimensions called realms, and are separated from each ...
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Issues and benefits related to having the ability to see and have an affinity for portals? [closed]

I am writing a story in which people with a rare genetic ability are able to see, and are attracted to portals which lead to other dimensions. I have some ideas on how I want to differentiate good vs ...
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